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INESC TEC organises conference on blockchain

The “Chain-in: International Industrial & Academic Conference on Blockchain Technology” took place on 9 and 10 July and was organised by INESC TEC.

12th July 2018

For two days, the city of Porto received 17 world experts on blockchains from academics to business experts from countries such as USA, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Austria and, of course, Portugal. In addition to the current situation of the existing solutions, the experts also discussed new solutions in the field. The challenges of the blockchain technology that involves academia, industry and laboratories and research centres were also on the agenda.

The debate took place at the Congress and Exhibition Centre of the Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda Foundation (Porto) and was attended by sixty people from Portugal, USA, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, South Korea, Indonesia and Tunisia.

The conference organised by Ali Shoker, senior researcher of the High-Assurance Software Laboratory (HASLab) was a novelty in the field and its main goal was to gather academia and industry related to blockchain technology in order to combine forces and improve the technology. Renowned researchers on that field, authors of books and speakers were part of the debate in the fields of blockchain, distributed systems, economy and security.

“We had four international keynote speakers, Christian Cachin researcher of IBM in Switzerland, Pierre Rochard co- founder of Satoshi Nakamoto Institute in USA, Ghassan Karame, scientist at NEC Labs in Germany and Wayne Huang, security experts and CEO of Xrex in Taiwan and 13 speakers that are researchers in different areas, such as blockchain, distributed systems, security, economy or sociology”, explains the HASLab researcher.

The first day of the conference was dedicated to a less technical part, aimed at a broader audience. The second day focused on talks given by speakers and which were related to existing solutions, new solutions for the market and challenges of the technology.

Originally driven by cryptocurrencies, such as the bitcoin, the blockchain technology is now internationally known and represents a complete ecosystem in areas such as computer science, economy, business or even law.

The researcher mentioned in this news piece is associated with INESC TEC.